House GOP criticizes Benghazi accountability board

House GOP criticizes Benghazi accountability board

Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

FILE: Supporters gather at a rally by conservatives on the anniversary of the Benghazi attacks on September 11, 2013 on the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Four Americans were killed September 11, 2012 in an attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya -- an attack that sparked a political furor over White House explanations about who was to blame. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are strongly criticizing the review board that investigated last year's Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Monday's report from House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa faults the Accountability Review Board for questioning senior State Department officials insufficiently or not at all. It claims the reviewers had conflicts of interest.

Issa's committee will hear from the board's chairman and vice chairman this week. Both were top officials in Republican governments. Thomas Pickering was President George H.W. Bush's U.N. ambassador; Adm. Mike Mullen was Joint Chiefs chairman under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

State Department spokesman Douglas Frantz called the Benghazi review "thorough and transparent." He said facts were being twisted to "advance a political agenda."

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack.

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